Improving Care for the End of Life, Online Edition The Palliative Care Policy Center

Sourcebook : Improving Care for the End of Life : 16.4 Provide Cardiac Comfort Care Kits

Patients treated at home often feel more secure knowing that medications are readily available to them or to their at-home care team. Hope Hospice developed a Cardiac Comfort Care Kit, which included the full range of medication a cardiac patient might need and which ensured that patients and caregivers could readily handle crises as they occurred. The kits contain approximately $80 worth of medications sealed in single-use, tamper-proof packages.

Cardiac Comfort Care Kit
NTG 0.4 mg - 1 bottle
Morphine 10mg/5cc UD #2
Morphine inject 10mg #2
Furosemide 40 mg #4
Furosemide 100 mg IV #2
IV/subc access kit
Lorazepam 0.5 mg #5
Naproxen 500 mg #2
Sucralfate 1 gm/10 cc #2
Maalox Plus 30 ml UD #2
Normal saline 2.5 ml UD #4
Compazine 10 mg po #2
Compazine 25 mg PR #2
ASA 325 mg #1
Pentobarbital supp 60 mg #4

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This online version of the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians is provided with permission of Americans for Better Care of the Dying [ www.abcd-caring.org ] and Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].

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